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  1. Just curious; Would it be worth the trouble and expence to replace the existing modified stock with a factory issued version, provided an original stock could be located?
  2. Here's another WAG; The Company mascot maybe?
  3. Good question. I've heard this explained as either an Officer Training Canidate or Officer Traidnig Cadre tab. Hopefully someone can supply us with a difinative answer.
  4. Johnny _ It has been suggested to me that this motto might consist of two words, not three, as we originally thought, but the original artwork left something to be desired I'm afraid. Hopefully we have a Latin scholar onboard.
  5. Great photo, and this helps firm-up a timeline for this image as we know that the 524th didn't transition to the P-51 until 1947, by which time the squadron had been for some time been redesignated as a Fighter Squadron (30 May 1944). Your posting of this image is a big help in establishing some provenance for this particular emblem design. Much obliged! You wouldn't happen to have a photo laying around showing this insignia on the side of a P-40 or P-47 would you?😁
  6. I've had one of these around for some time waiting for an ID. Do you happen to know the unit designation for this emblem?
  7. If you don't have any luck with this posting you might try a query at the 452dBombGp forum on FaceBook. 452nd Bomb Group at Deopham Green | Facebook You might also request the official emblem Approval letter from the Air Force Historical Agency. The name of the design originator is sometimes (but not always) mentioned in these documents.. If you strike out on both of these sources, try and locate a copy of the squadron and/or group wartime log books. These often contain historical details such as you are seeking. Good luck with your sea
  8. This might have been produced as a movie prop. There's been a a lot of strange stuff just like this that has come out of Hollywood over the years.
  9. Excellent input on those colors. I think we might be onw more step closer to an ID for this one.
  10. That white device in the center of this design reminds me more of a scientific test tube than a 'rocket'. Maybe a chemical unit of some sort? Just a thought!
  11. That sleeve rank patch was 'allowed' but never officially 'approved' for wear by USAAC/USAAF personnel from the WWI era through 1947. They were a private purcase item (PX, military supply, etc.) and never an issued item. These 'Prop & Wing"patches were available from Private all the way up to Master Sergeant. I have examples all that I could post if your interested furthur.
  12. I appreciate the follow-up. Somebody made a good investment!
  13. Are they going the same road that eBay went down; censoring anything that depicts a swastika? Sounds like another potential free speech casuality!
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